Our faculty's diverse background in both psychological research and clinical practice have led to our ability to offer unique courses, research experiences, and internship courses that are not seen in traditional undergraduate Psychology Departments. Many of our courses, such as Family Counseling and Theories of Counseling, focus on helping students understand how to apply their knowledge and skills in psychology to careers in health and human services.
Other unique courses such as Women and Aging and Psychology of Laughter, Mirth, and Humor provide an excellent background on research within the field. Our students love the opportunity to add these courses to a traditional set of psychology course requirements, as well.
Our internships and field experience courses go beyond shadowing professionals, but actually allow students to experience real world application of psychology at community agencies and sites. Students receive supervision on-site as well as by a psychologist faculty member.
Students can also gain hands-on research experience and work on faculty-led research projects in the SAU Summer Research Institute. Our students benefit from strong mentor relationships with faculty beginning in their first year on campus and continuing through planning for employment and/or graduate school searches in their senior year.
Our Psychology major not only prepares students for traditional paths, but is coordinated with Health Science programs, such as Occupational Therapy at St. Ambrose.
Our Forensic Psychology major differentiates itself from a traditional Criminal Justice major by focusing on applying the scientific knowledge of psychology in clinical, developmental, social, and cognitive areas to legal situations.
St. Ambrose University is uniquely positioned as one of approximately 10 colleges/universities nationally to offer an undergraduate major in Forensic Psychology. All Psychology Department majors benefit from the opportunity to participate in these additional popular course options, such as Psychology of Criminal Behavior and Psychology and Treatment of the Victim.
At SAU, the Behavioral Neuroscience major draws from diverse subjects such as psychology, biology, and chemistry to allow students to study the organization and function of the nervous system and its relationship to behavi or, cognition, and disorders.
St. Ambrose University is uniquely positioned as one of approximately 10 colleges/universities in the country to offer the B.A. or B.S. degree in Forensic Psychology.
As a small Midwestern university, our Forensic Psychology majors benefit from strong mentor relationships with faculty. While St. Ambrose boasts a comprehensive focus, it is rooted in the liberal arts tradition which allows our majors exposure to coursework in a variety of disciplines.
The Forensic Psychology major at St. Ambrose has a rich history of strong relationships with community partners, such as our internship sites, that play a key role in preparing students for careers after graduation. The Forensic Psychology major embodies the St. Ambrose mission by promoting intellectual development and ethical decision-making. These skills are developed through coursework and applying psychological principles to direct work with those in the criminal justice system.
In line with the vision of St. Ambrose University, students in the Forensic Psychology program demonstrate a commitment to social justice and service through their work with those who struggle with mental illness and are involved in the legal system as an offender or victim.